Parts of Northville nominated to historic registers
NORTHVILLE – Sections of the village are among 21 places across the state nominated by the state Board for Historic Preservation for historic designation.
“Preserving these historic sites helps promote tourism, one of New York’s fastest-growing industries, especially upstate,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. “These sites represent notable parts of New York’s past, and I encourage travelers to visit them and learn about our state’s great history.”
The sites were nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
According to documents from Dan Keefe, deputy public information officer for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Northville district would include properties on Main Street, Division Street, Bridge Streets, First Street through Fifth Street.
“The Northville Historic District, the intact residential and commercial core of the village, dating from 1819 to 1933, reflects how Northville began to grow in the 1830s as a result of the logging industry and more rapidly after the completion of the railroad in 1875, allowing both local industry and tourism to boom,” the news release said.
Among the properties in the Northville Historic District proposal is the Northville Bank, built in 1895. The property, currently not in use, recently was the proposed site of a Family Dollar store. That proposal would require demolition of the old bank.
Members of the public protested the proposal at an October Planning Board meeting in the village. No progress has been made on the proposed plan for the Family Dollar.
Village Trustee John Markiewicz said he was happy to see the sections of Northville nominated to the registers.
“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for the village to realize we are a historic place,” Markiewicz said.
Markiewicz said he hopes this will help the
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“quaint little village” stay the way it has been for many years.
However, Markiewicz said the proposal did not necessarily mean buildings that are privately owned could not be torn down.
Gail Cramer, Northville village historian, was excited about the nomination.
“I’m very much in favor of it,” Cramer said. “We are a historic town.”
Cramer said she felt the nomination could bring more pride to the village’s history.
She called the proposal a “very positive thing for our town and village.”
According to the news release, a state and national register listing can help property owners revitalize buildings and make them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
The release said with state and federal commercial historic rehabilitation tax credits administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, developers invested $1 billion statewide in 2013 to revitalize properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while homeowners using the state historic homeowner rehabilitation tax credit invested more than $14.3 million statewide on home improvements to help revitalize historic neighborhoods.
According to the news release, once properties are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the state register and nominated for the national register for review and approval.
Rose Harvey, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said in the news release, “Adding these [sites] to the State and National Registers of Historic Places is a first step in their long-term preservation and celebration.”